Closed set

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A closed set in a topological space [math](X,\mathcal{J})[/math] is a set [math]A[/math] where [math]X-A[/math] is open[1][2].

Metric space

A subset [ilmath]A[/ilmath] of the metric space [ilmath](X,d)[/ilmath] is closed if it contains all of its limit points[Note 1]

For convenience only: recall [ilmath]x[/ilmath] is a limit point if every neighbourhood of [ilmath]x[/ilmath] contains points of [ilmath]A[/ilmath] other than [ilmath]x[/ilmath] itself.


[ilmath](0,1)[/ilmath] is not closed, as take the point [ilmath]0[/ilmath].


Let [ilmath]N[/ilmath] be any neighbourhood of [ilmath]x[/ilmath], then [math]\exists \delta>0:B_\delta(x)\subset N[/math], then:

  • Take [math]y=\text{Max}\left(\frac{1}{2}\delta,\frac{1}{2}\right)[/math], then [math]y\in(0,1)[/math] and [math]y\in N[/math] thus [ilmath]0[/ilmath] is certainly a limit point, but [ilmath]0\notin(0,1)[/ilmath]

TODO: This proof could be nonsense

See also


  1. Maurin proves this as an [ilmath]\iff[/ilmath] theorem. However he assumes the space is complete.


  1. Introduction to topology - Third Edition - Mendelson
  2. Krzyzstof Maurin - Analysis - Part I: Elements